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PC2: Resignation of Margaret Thatcher/Tory Leadership
With the drawing to a close of the Thatcher era, our party faces a stark choice on how to address the challenges that lie in the years ahead. We must build on our successes, but at the same time we cannot remain slaves to the past. We must change our track and win back the confidence of the British people. The poll tax and the petty party politics of the past few months have damaged that confidence and trust. A new leader must be one who can put this business to rest.

That is why I am endorsing Dylan Macmillan for leader of the Conservative Party, and as our next Prime Minister. Having had discussions with him, and having read his impressive platform on which he has sought the leadership, I think there is no man better for the job than he. At a time when Labour risks lurching to the left again, we need to embrace sensible, moderate and common sense policies. We need to emphasise the guiding principles that he has set out in his platform, and do the best for our families, our communities, and our nation. That is why I will be voting for Mr Macmillan, and I urge all my colleagues to do the same.
Let's reality check the Tory debate wherever we can, shall we? What they're trying to do is claiming the mantle of moderation not with reference to them moving to the centre, but by merely pointing at what they wishfully think Labour might do. I don't think that makes sense at all because, whatever it may have been, Thatcherism is far from sensible, moderate and common sense. The poll tax, prime Thatcherism if ever there was, is deeply damaging to our communities. Their dogmatic and simplistic insistence on public being bad and private being good robbed people of opportunity while they talked of aspiration. It's a bitter contrast the Tories simply do not seem to get that while they talk about aspiration, people in constituencies like mine are left to reach out in the cold at aspirations they can never reach without a leg up. What would be common sense after the poll tax debacle is to stop being so bullish about the market, admit that Thatcher's simplistic prescriptions have failed and move on towards a pragmatic, progressive policy like those in our Policy Review. But, having heard Conservatives argue their cases, I am not quite sure that's what we'll get from them.
the Rt Hon. Ruan Preston MP
Labour MP for Midlothian (1983-present)
Shadow Home Secretary (1990-present)
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"The true purpose of democratic socialism and, therefore, the true aim of the Labour Party, is the creation of a genuinely free society, in which the fundamental objective of government is the protection and extension of individual liberty."
- Neil Kinnock and Roy Hattersley, Democratic Socialist Aims & Values
It's distressing that an MP who advocates for privatizing the Royal Mail has made it to the final ballot of the Conservative Leadership race. I and the Labour party strongly believe that the Royal Mail should never be privatized. The Royal Mail provides a valuable service for countless British citizens here in our Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth. It's a sad state of affairs when a potential Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party would see the image of Our Most Gracious Sovereign replaced with a logo of a private corporation. I and the Labour Party will continue to fight hard to ensure that this reckless idea never becomes a reality.
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I am of course honoured to have received such overwhelming support from among my colleagues in the parliamentary party and I look forward to meeting with many more in the coming days to discuss how I believe our party can continue to provide the leadership and firm government that our country needs. My commiserations to Mr. Macmillan who represents a voice in our party which must continue to be heard. I look forward to working with him as well as those on whose support he received a not-insignificant vote share. As we enter the final round of voting, I wish to continue to make clear that, as leader, I will ensure always that there will be seats at the table for all of our party's various and distinct groups. I believe that the era of personality must end, and the Conservative Party must now trade on its values if it is to continue to be allowed to serve the British people as its government.
The Conservatives seem fairly set on continuing Thatcher's ideological, Westminster-centric project. Isn't it time we took politics out of the corridors of Parliament, and to communities across the country? Whether Mr Drummond-Macbeth or Mr George-Grosjean become our next Prime Minister, a change of leader will signal no change in direction - worse schools, worse healthcare, and a politics that never leaves Westminster. I have always sought to be a Member of Parliament who represents their constituents and attempts to take politics to the people, not impose ideological diktats on the public. That human, community politics, is the closest to real democracy we have in this country. The Conservatives will never commit to it, and to real political change, unless forced to at the ballot box.

Politics doesn't have to be like this - if you are as dismayed as I am, the Democrats are the local, community first party for you. The Conservatives won't be in government forever, and neither will Labour after them, or even us. Let's focus on the real issue, of political change, not on superficial surface-level leadership elections. Let's focus on winning the battles that will take politics to the grassroots, not stuck in Parliament.
Am I disappointed in the result? Not a bit. We built a strong coalition of people from every side of this party and nearly pulled off a victory that, I dare say, would have surprised everyone. So no, I am not disappointed in the slightest. What we achieved in my campaign proves what is possible when we work together on areas of mutual interest, and I think that Marcus will have taken note of that and will seek to follow my example. What id clear is that our task is now to prove that the Conservative Party can, once again, be united and lead this country to better things. So let's stop talking about the business of leadership elections and start talking about the business of governing. After all, that's why we are all here.
I am absolutely looking forward to work together with Mr Drummond-MacBeath as the Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. It's a new chapter, a new beginning of sorts, and we now, as a party, stand firm and united by the new leadership and are going to focus on doing the good work for the British society. I'm confident that we are going to be guided by our shared principles and by what's the best for the British family and the British people. We aren't going to disappoint their trust. I am generally very optimistic in that these are going to be good years for the United Kingdom with a responsible and principled government that is there for the people.
The Tory party leadership elements of this aside, the Lib Dems (Democrats?) and Labour got the upper hand here on defining Thatcher's legacy, such that people aren't already viciously polarized by that. Best PR of the lot is from Cardigan who effectively tars the new Tory leadership with Thatcher's brush - "Whether Mr Drummond-Macbeth or Mr George-Grosjean become our next Prime Minister, a change of leader will signal no change in direction - worse schools, worse healthcare, and a politics that never leaves Westminster."

Errol George-Grosjean's statements were probably the best on the Tory side, with the calls to end division that look all the more prescient today...

+1 XP for the both of them.
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